New Malware Strains Grow 125 Percent: What Does That Mean For Employers?

malwareThe latest research from a German cybersecurity firm reveals an increase in new malware strains in 2014. The data reflects a 125 percent increase in malware variants, with almost 70 percent of the total number of samples identified occurring in the second half of the year. According to these figures, a new strain of malware is created every 3.75 seconds. This sizable jump in late 2014 is the largest increase seen yet. The biggest increase came from adware variants, which made up 31.4 percent of all malware signatures identified, five times greater than in the first half of the year.
Cybercriminals are not necessarily creating entirely new malware programs, but are continually changing and updating existing malware in order to increase their effectiveness and avoid detection. I
Organizations spend vast amounts of money on system security technology, but in truth, these efforts are undermined if employees are not properly trained on secure policies and practices.
Employee training can never fully eliminate poor user choices, but passing on relevant information on a recurring basis will help. Employers can reduce the threat of attack by conducting regular training updates that teach employees to identify malware and identity theft schemes.
Make your network security training more personal by linking home computer security with workplace security. Illustrating the risk of an employee’s personal information may make more of an impact, and employees who develop good computer habits at home are likely to carry them over into the workplace.
Educate employees on the value of firewalls, anti-virus software, and other security technologies.

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